10/31/2013 5:46amAcclaimed horror writer Michael McDowell couldn't get enough of death.
10/31/2013 6:50amAs Nazi Germany grew ever more dangerous in the 1930s and the Japanese threatened China, science fiction author H.G. Wells wrote up some thoughts about real-life horrors and in 1937 submitted them to a magazine with the widest possible audience, Reader's Digest.
10/31/2013 7:22amPirates have gotten a bad rap in 21st-century pop culture. There are the desperate, haggard pirates tangling with Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips." Or the stumbling, soused Capt. Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Or even the freeloading pirates who destroyed the music business.
10/31/2013 7:57amCanadian tightrope walker Jay Cochrane, who set two world records including one in 1972 for walking back and forth 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) above the Canadian National Exhibition, has died, according to his website.
10/31/2013 8:01amBryan Cranston has an authoritative voice, which all by itself would qualify him to narrate "Big History."
10/31/2013 8:19amWhen he was on trial for racketeering, Angelo Lutz denied the mob's existence, but now he's using his past in organized crime to promote his new restaurant, the Kitchen Consigliere.
10/31/2013 8:24amYoko Ono says she's thankful Paul McCartney appears to have gotten over his grudge against her.
10/31/2013 8:40amAn annual hot-air balloon festival in New Mexico that draws visitors from around the globe says its attendance increased substantially this year over last.
10/31/2013 8:48amBidding on a painting that British graffiti artist Banksy bought for $50 and altered has climbed to more than $310,000.
10/31/2013 9:25amKraft says it plans to remove artificial dyes from three macaroni and cheese varieties that come in kid-friendly shapes, a move that comes as people increasingly reach for foods they feel are natural.
10/31/2013 9:57amMichael Palmer, a physician and best-selling suspense author whose "Extreme Measures" was adapted into a 1996 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman, has died.
10/31/2013 9:59amWhen Naomi Watts was a struggling actress, she never would have imagined that one day she would play Princess Diana, one of the most famous women in the world, even after her death.
10/31/2013 10:43amThe way Fido wags his tail might reveal more about him than you know. Just ask another dog.
10/31/2013 10:51amSam Moore may be "The Legendary Soul Man," but a federal appeals court says he doesn't have sole use of the title.
10/31/2013 11:08amSweet potatoes generally get one of three treatments at the Thanksgiving table.
10/31/2013 12:52pmEvery Thanksgiving presents the same challenge _ how to juggle the turkey and the stuffing and the pie and all those sides in just one oven.
10/31/2013 1:03pmThe final book in Charlaine Harris' best-selling series about telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse provoked such an outcry that some fans sent death threats and curses.
10/31/2013 1:04pmAuthor Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch book series may be finding its way onto television screens soon.
10/31/2013 1:10pmPicking the guy who will play Rocky Balboa onstage was no easy task. Just ask Sylvester Stallone, who helped cast Broadway veteran Andy Karl.
10/31/2013 1:14pmIn her teenage dream? Mick Jagger says he never hit on Katy Perry when she was 18.
10/31/2013 1:20pmFrance's presidential chef is retiring after four decades of culinary service, having fed five French presidents and peppered the steaks tartare of some of the world's most powerful leaders.
10/31/2013 1:43pmFliers are rejoicing that they'll soon be able to use their iPads, Kindles, music players and other personal electronics during all phases of a flight. But no policy change is without its quirks or hiccups.
10/31/2013 1:45pmThe Texas doctor convicted in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson has sued the state over stripping his right to practice medicine.
10/31/2013 1:47pmNBC says it's ordering 13 episodes of a new comedy created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper of "The Office."
10/31/2013 2:18pm"Star Wars" and "Trainspotting" star Ewan McGregor will make his Broadway debut next year in a revival of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing."
10/31/2013 2:55pmPresident Barack Obama's affinity for Abraham Lincoln was on display through his political rise, but he won't be on hand in a few weeks to mark one of the 16th president's signature moments.
10/31/2013 3:35pmIt's not coincidental that the stars of "Scandal" live tweet during episodes. They're encouraged to do so.
10/31/2013 4:31pmKanye West is postponing the rest of his "Yeezus" tour after a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows was damaged.
10/31/2013 5:05pmThe childhood home of princess and Hollywood icon Grace Kelly is the subject of a cat-hoarding investigation.
10/31/2013 5:40pmFinally, the White House has pulled off a successful web launch.
10/31/2013 6:31pmAfter recovering from an undisclosed illness, Aretha Franklin is returning to the concert stage with a December performance in her hometown of Detroit.